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Highlights of New Zealand
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-sees of both islands with a nice little bow. Check out the Coromandel's gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the beaches of Kaikoura and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand starters kit.

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Boating, Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONAC.A/201759
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Christchurch, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Hahei
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Kaikoura
  • Hanmer Springs
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Twizel
  • Christchurch

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting, so head out and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Auckland/Hahei

Depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt out in favour of sea kayaking. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach.

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Day 3: Rotorua/Maori Village

Visit Rotorua and opt to check out the geothermal area or go whitewater rafting. Later, enjoy a cultural overnight in a Maori village featuring a traditional hangi dinner and show.
Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. Opt to visit one of the sites, like Hell's Gate, or go whitewater rafting nearby.

In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts.

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Day 4: Rotorua/Wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to the capital, Wellington.

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Day 5: Wellington

Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk, enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit the Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.

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Day 6: Wellington/Kaikoura

Fly to the South Island, then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black-sand beaches.

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Day 7: Kaikoura/Hanmer Springs

Opt to swim with dolphins or go whale watching during a free morning in Kaikoura before travelling to Hanmer Springs, stopping en route for a wine tasting at a local winery. Opt to take a soak in the hot springs.

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Day 8: Hanmer Springs/Franz Josef

Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthur's Pass. Go for a hike in the mountains or rainforest. Stay in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.

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Day 9: Franz Josef

Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. Opt to explore the glacier with a heli hike.
There are dozens of optional activities in the area to suit just about any budget and preference. Try heli hiking, scenic helicopter flights, horse trekking, quad biking, skydiving, glacier valley walk, lake kayaking or a hot pools visit.

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Day 10: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life.

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Day 11: Queenstown

With free time here, opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

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Day 12: Queenstown/Fiordland National Park

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife.

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Day 13: Fiordland National Park/Twizel

Head through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook.

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Day 14: Twizel/Christchurch

Stop at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spend the morning hiking the region surrounding Mt Cook, taking in the alpine scenery. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre. Continue on to Christchurch for one final night together.
Travel to the Garden City of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand, still recovering from a devastating earthquake.

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Day 15: Christchurch

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Recharge: Hot Water Beach Excursion, Hahei Local Living: Maori Village Visit with Overnight, Rotorua
    • Coromandel Peninsula visit
    • Cathedral Cove visit
    • Hot Water Beach stop
    • Orientation walk in Wellington
    • Beach time in Kaikoura
    • Wine tasting
    • Scenic drive through Arthur's Pass
    • Fiordland NP visit
    • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (seasonal; May through September will be a day cruise)
    • Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
    • Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share), boat (1 nt, seasonal)
    • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking, plane, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Check out Hot Water Beach
  • Feast on a hangi in a Maori village
  • Let loose in Queenstown
  • Cruise around the fiords of Milford Sound
  • Travel a scenic rail route